Every year, our club hosts a Speech Contest for 8th graders at Joan MacQueen Middle School. Eight talented finalists chosen from a pool of more than 200 8th grade students competed for the coveted Best Speech award. This year's winner is Casslyn Anderson, whose topic "Equal Rights for All" impressed everyone! She is shown receiving recognition from David Yerkanyan representing State Senator Joel Anderson's office.
Riders Had a Blast at Spring Soap Box Derby!
Youth competed in Stock and Super Stock races in our Spring Soap Box Derby race down Alpine Blvd. Each racer is coached by the Soap Box team before running their first race. A great time was had by all!
Art Armagost Honored with DSA
The Kiwanis Club of Alpine is proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Art Armagost. This is the second time he has received this prestigious award.
Art joined the Alpine club 20 years ago, and served as the Club’s Distinguished President in 2002-03. He has also served as Secretary, Treasurer, Interclub Chair, Audit Committee Co-chair and CEO of our Foundation.
He has been involved with our Vintage Alpine event since he joined back in 1997, when we were using our own personal canopies and ice chests to pull it off. Under his leadership, the event has grown to become one of the largest upscale events of its kind in San Diego County. He also devotes many...
The Kiwanis Club of Alpine is proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Bob Howell.
For decades, Bob has gotten up at 3:30 a.m. in order to set up the Alpine Elementary School Auditorium for our weekly meetings, which often attract 60 or more attendees. He puts everything away when we are done as well. He is always on hand to help with our major events such as the Easter Pancake Breakfast, Youth Olympics, and much more. In addition, he sets up the audio equipment for the Division Council every month.
A recent recipient of the 25 Year Legion of Honor, Bob has been recognized as our Kiwanian of the Year in both 1993-94 and 2000-01, a Dunlap Fellowship, a George Hixon...
Many new events at our annual Youth Olympics provided added fun and challenge for our young participating athletes!
Bell Ringing was Very Successful!
Through the efforts of member Shirley Green, our club raised over $3,200 for the Salvation Army by ringing the bell at Baron's Market in Alpine.
Dressing Up for Christmas
At our last meeting of the year, all members were encouraged to dress up for Christmas. Four of our members won prizes. Left to right, President Pene Manale, Funniest Costume winner Ray Meanor, Best Costume winner Jerry Price, Nutiest Costume Joe Brunold and Ugliest Costume Doug Benson.
Jerry Hines Receives Distinguished Club Award
In recognition of his outstanding leadership and the growth in our membership during his year as our President, Jerry Hines was honored with the Distinguished Club Award.
Lt. Governor Bruce Chase Presents Vision
Lieutenant Governor Bruce Chase provides an update on the goals and activities of the Division and District, and shares his own personal vision of what we can achieve in Kiwanis this year.
Jerry Price Receives Legion of Honor Award
Our club was pleased to honor Jerry Price with our prestigious Legion of Honor award, recognizing 25 years of service to Kiwanis and the community of Alpine.
$2,000 Raised for Rady Children's Hospital!
Alpine Kiwanians and their guests had a great night of bowling and comaraderie while raising more than $2,000 for Rady Children's Hospital!
Soap Box Winners!
Happy winners of our Soap Box Derby proudly display their trophies.
Project Kids ID a Big Success!
More than 100 children were photographed, fingerprinted and swabbed for DNA at our recent Kids ID event held during our local Fire Station's Open House.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road!
The Wizard of Oz was the theme for the installation of Pene Manale (left) as our next President. She is shown here with Fire Chief Bill Paskle and member extraordinaire Mary Sabol.
Pene Manale Named Kiwanian of the Month for August
Incoming President Pene Manale was named Kiwanian of the Month for August for her leadership with the Chili Cook-off, the Alpine Community Center, the club Calendar and in her role as President-Elect.
Winners of "Best Chili" in Alpine's Chili Cook-off
At the Chili Cook-off and Car Show held September 10th, the winners for Best Chili were:
1st Place - Alpine Beer 2nd Place - Dragon Fire Chili 3rd Place - Alpine Country Feed
Winner of "Best Decorated Booth" in Chili Cook-off
The Winner of the Best Decorated Booth in Alpine's Chili Cook-off was Head East's "Hair Raising Chili" !
Alpine Kiwanis Named Organization of the Year!
At last night's HELPS awards hosted by the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Alpine was named Organization of the Year for the second year running!
Additional recognition of our members or their businesses included: Citizen of the Year: Dan Foster (other nominees Greg Fox, Jerry Hines, Dick Rabell) Presidents Award: Diana Saenger Youth Organization: Boy Scout Troop 105 sponsored by this club Small Business of the Year: Postal Annex owned by Rose Signore (other nominee Dana's Boutique) Large Business of the Year: Barons Market managed by Bob Ring Announcement of the Kiwanis Nathan Hale Award for Heroism: Greg Fox Congratulations to all!
Gift of Kiwanis Award - Silver Level
Past President Brent Wolf was presented with Kiwanis International's Gift of Kiwanis Award - Silver Level by President Jerry Hines. This award recognizes the club's achievements in bringing in new members under his leadership.
Ron Ault Honored for 35 Years of Service
In the presence of his wife and daughter and a room full of enthusiastic Alpine Kiwanians, Ron Ault received the club's prestigious Legion of Honor Award for 35 years of service. One of the most notable projects Ron chaired was the Rancho de los Ninos Orphanage project in Mexico. Ron gathered a large group of fellow Kiwanians and led a two day trip in which they successfully renovated a delapidated orphanage.
New Record for Money Raised for Red Shoe Day!
Co-chairs Rose Signore and Ray Sopfe were proud to report that our club raised more money for Ronald McDonald House on Red Shoe Day than any other Kiwanis Club in San Diego County: $4,371.96!!
$6,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Outstanding Seniors
Kelsey Neuenswander and Ashly Jackson are awarded our Alpine Challenge Scholarships which pay the equivalent of the first two years of Junior college or are applied to the college of their choice. They also received a laptop at the beginning of their Senior Year. Congratulations Kelsey and Ashly!
$1000 Scholarship Awarded to Key Club Student Sandy Liang
Key Club Advisor Louise Phipps presents a $1,000 scholarship to exceptional Key Club senior Sandy Liang.
$1,000 Scholarship Awarded to Key Club Senior Iain Paul
Key Club Advisor Louise Phipps presents a $1,000 scholarship to exceptional Key Club senior Iain Paul.
Old Fashioned Cowboy Picnic
Lt. Governor Elect Greg Fox and his wife Patti get into the spirit of re-enacting the Old West as clubs from East County gathered to raise funds for the current Lt. Governor Bob Callen.
Outstanding Officers Honored by Alpine Kiwanis
At our Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, our club honored three outstanding men: Border Patrol Agent Kevin Foreman, CHP Officer William Smale and Alpine Sheriff's Deputy Jovonni Silva.
Greg Fox Recognized for Heroic Leadership
Lt. Governor Elect Greg Fox Jr. was awarded Kiwanian of the Month for April for his heroic leadership in saving a man's life at the Alpine Challenge Mountain Bike Ride.
Alpine Rocks at MMQ
The Alpine Club brought a $6,000 donation to Rady Children's Hospital in quarters for our sponsored youth to create beautiful artwork from in the MMQ Quarter Art Competition.
Alpine Earns Distinguished Club for 2014-15
At the 2016 Governor's Dinner, Immediate Past President Greg Fox Jr was awarded the Distinguished Club Award for 2014-15.
Vintage Alpine Hits it Out of the Park Again!
Hundreds of guests turned out to sample fine wines and enjoy gourmet cuisine at our annual Vintage Alpine event at Summers Past Farms. With 18 restaurants and 28 wineries offering samples, even the most discerning of guests could find something they loved. Proceeds fund charitable needs in the Alpine community especially those focused on children.
Want Rain? Schedule a Bike Ride!
Despite cool temperatures and rainy skies, we had an excellent turnout for our annual Alpine Challenge Mountain Bike Ride which offers rides for competitive bikers from a 25 mile local ride to our very challenging 100 mile Mount Laguna ride. This fun event funds our Alpine Challenge Scholarship fund. See the Photo Album for more event photos.
Soap Box Art for Kiwanis One Day
The 14 Kiwanis Clubs of Division 31 and the youth groups they sponsor gathered recently at Grossmont Center to create meaningful displays out of non-perishable food which will be donated to our local food banks. Alpine's donation of food was used to create a soap box derby car in recognition of our newest service project. Thanks go to Chair Chris Bernardo-Rubin (in blue) for her leadership on this project.
Charles Nelson Named Kiwanian of the Month
President Jerry Hines named Charles Nelson our Kiwanian of the Month for March for his hard work and leadership in chairing our huge Easter Pancake Breakfast which served over 400 people, in addition to his key role on the Vintage Alpine Committee.
Young Volunteers Make our Easter Breakfast a Big Success!
Hundreds of residents from the Alpine community and beyond were treated to a fantastic Easter breakfast with additional special entertainment for the small children including egg decorating, cookie decorating, an Easter egg hunt, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Members of our Granite Hills High School Key Club and the children and grandchildren of some of our Kiwanis members volunteered their time to make sure the event was memorable for all.
Louise Phipps Honored for 25 Years Service in Kiwanis
On Saturday, March 12th, Louise Phipps joined the Alpine Kiwanis Legion of Honor with 25 years service. Louise originally joined the Kiwanis Club of National City and served as their President before transferring to the Alpine Club in October of 2009.
Kiwanian of the Month for February 2016
On Saturday, March 12th, Dan Foster was named Kiwanian of the Month for February 2016 for his efforts in securing the funding and overseeing the construction of two new sections to the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor, allowing us to recognize an additional 300 veterans with tiles describing their military service.
8th Graders Compete in Speech Contest
Eight very talented 8th grade students from Joan MacQueen Middle School and the Mountain View Learning Academy competed in our annual speech contest, presenting compelling arguments on a wide variety of subjects. The winner was Jack Werland in the front row wearing a blue shirt. Representative Sylis Pacheco from Senator Joel Anderson's office was on hand to provide additional recognition to the students.
Alpine Kiwanis friends enjoyed some special moments at the Blue Angels Air Show in El Centro. See the Photo Album for additional pictures.
Chefs for Invitational Sports Meet
Joe Agosta, Mary Sabol and Jef Ferris are preparing to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for the special athletes and volunteers participating in our annual Invitational Sports Meet at West Hills High School. Go to the Photo Album menu for lots of photos of this fun and successful event!
We Welcome Three New Members
We were pleased to welcome three new members Saturday, bringing our membership to 129! Left to right are Mac McWilliams, Jef Ferris (new), Dave Kebert, Mary Sobol (new), Tammie Knobloch (new), Bob Soto, President Jerry Hines and Past Lt. Governor Richard Higgins. All are looking forward to joining us in service to our community!
Socializing at MidYear South Conference
Members and their families gathered for a weekend of planning, education and comaraderie at the MidYear South Conference held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Click on Photo Album in the Menu for more photos of this event and others.
New Members Getting Involved!
Recent members Alan Hayward, Tom Taylor, Colleen Taylor and "Mac" McWilliams got stars removed from their badges at Saturday's meeting by President Jerry Hines. Each new member gets 5 stars on their badge to be removed as they complete activities.
Key Club Takeover!
The Granite Hills High School Key Club we sponsor was allowed to take over a recent meeting to raise money to support their many activities. They had a great deal of fun getting our club members to empty their pockets with fines, buying chairs, etc.
Jim Cate Kiwanian of the Month
President Jerry Hines named Jim Cate Kiwanian of the Month for December for his leadership with the East County Christmas Toy Drive and his support of our Salvation Army Bellringing project.
Dick Brown Receives Legion of Honor Award
Past President Dick Brown receives the club's prestigious Legion of Honor award for 30 years of service to Kiwanis and the community of Alpine.
Members of the club gathered at Janet Montana's Cafe to enjoy each other as friends during the Christmas holidays.
Christmas Performance by GHHS Choir
The Granite Hills High School Choir is one of the organizations our club supports. Twice a year our members are treated to a medley of songs they perform beautifully.
Rookies of the Year!
New members Alan and Donna Hayward were recently awarded Rookies of the Year for immediately committing themselves to making our first ever Soap Box Derby a success!
Dr. Hackett Receives Legion of Honor Award
Dr. John Hackett is presented with a Legion of Honor award for 25 years of service to Kiwanis and the Alpine community.
Greg Fox Honored with Hixon Fellowship Award
Past President Greg Fox Jr. is honored with a George Hixon Fellowship Award for his accomplishments during his term as President.
Club Honors Fred Higginbotham
The club helped Fred Higginbotham celebrate his 91st birthday, having served Kiwanis for 67 years!
Soap Box Derby a Great Success!
With fabulous support from our local businesses, youth organizations, community leaders and fellow Division 31 Kiwanis clubs, the community of Alpine enjoyed its first ever Soap Box Derby. For a taste of the excitement of the day, please go to the Photo Album tab on the menu.
The Changing of the Guard
At our Installation Dinner, 2014-15 President Greg Fox (left) became our Immediate Past President and Jerry Hines (right) is installed as President for the 2015-16 year. Please see Events/Photos for more pictures.
Baron's Market First Place in Chili Festival
We had record crowds despite the heat for our annual Chili Festival and Car Show. Judges named Barons Market as the first place winner, followed by Chili Boys in second place and the Alpine Brewery in third. The People's Choice winner was VFW Post 9578. See Events - Photo Albums to see lots of photos of the day's festivities.
Helping A Friend in Need
Fellow Kiwanians stepped up to help a hospitalized member move his office closer to home. As Kiwanis members get to know each other while working side by side providing service to the community, the Alpine Kiwanis becomes an extended family
Importance of Supplements in Health
Amber Bonito, owner of AB Acupuncture, helped the club members understand the importance of nutrition and supplements as they relate to health, in view of today's soil depletion, and the prevalence of heavy pesticide use and GMO's in our food.
Joe Brunold Honored for 35 Years Kiwanis Service
President Greg Fox presented Past Distinguished President Joe Brunold with his 35 year Legion of Honor Award. Joe has been very involved with Vintage Alpine, Membership Retention and the MMQ Golf event over the years.
Richard Rabell Honored for 35 Years in Kiwanis
President Designate Jerry Hines and Secretary Mike McMahon presented Past Distinguished President Richard Rabell with his 35 year Legion of Honor Award. Richard has been involved in many aspects of the club's operations over the years, including Law Enforcement Appreciation, Publicity, MMQ Golf, Spiritual Aims and Memorials to name just a few.
Back Country Land Trust
The August 8th Jon Green and Jim Crouch of the Back Country Land Trust presented a very interesting and informative talk about the BCLT and Wrights Fields in Alpine. We learned that Back Country Land Trust has been saving open space since 1990. Their mission is to “Preserve rural, scenic, biological, cultural, and agricultural lands in eastern San Diego County for future generations.” BCLT is supported in large part by annual memberships not owned by a government enity. Visit their web site at www.bclt.org or They also have a Facebook page at Facebook.com/backcountrylandtrust
Speaker from the Midway Museum
The August 1st meeting featured Ron Foster and his wife Bonnie. Ron spoke to us about the latest update and history of the USS Midway Museum .The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. The museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. One can relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century.
Steaks for Breakfast
Saturday July 25th meeting we had steaks for breakfast provided by Baron's market, thank you Bob Ring and Baron's. We also had a full house with some members we haven't seen for a while. The steaks will get them out every time! The program was an review of our website and how to use it and of the members only portallbuzz site and how to navigate that. Debbie Jackson and Pene Manale presented the program.
ConnectMed International Program
Great program Saturday, July 18, Rita Albert and Dr. Amanda Gosmon (shown here with president Greg Fox) presented an overview of their nonprofit organization, ConnectMed International, which helps children internationaly with corrective surgeries and also has put in place sustainable multidisciplinary health care and education systems for doctors in disadvantaged areas.
2015 Relay for Life Breakfast
We served Sunday morning breakfast for the Relay for life to sleepy Key Club members at the Joan McQueen Middle School track. See more photos on our facebook page.
Distinguished Club Award 2013-14
Incoming President Jerry Hines presented Past President Brent Wolf and his secretary Pat Cannon with the Ditinguished Club Award for his 2013-14 year at the Saturday meeting.
Alpine Challenge Scholarships
At Senior Awards night, two very deserving seniors received Alpine Challenge scholarships, contributing $3,000 to their first two years of college. This year's recipients left to right are Lauren Nosworthy and Jessica Mancini. In addition, our Key Club Advisor, Dr. Louise Phipps, presented two $1,000 scholarships to Chris Hurn and Olivia Mercado.
Granite Hills Choir entertains us at our meeting
May 9th the Granite Hills High School Choir performed medleys of Disney songs for our entertainment at our meeting. Each year we are favored with 2 performances (one at Christmas time and the other in the spring)&nbsp;by the choir we support with a financial donation for their program.
Alpine Kiwanis Blood Drive
May 23rd was our quarterly blood drive with 28 people donating. We will be helping to save lives and continue to do so in the future!
Dave Kebert and Debbie Jackson Awarded for Distinguished Service
May 1st at the Annual Governor's Visit, two of our outstanding members were recognized for their service by the California, Nevada and Hawaii Governor Alan Guire. Both Dave and Debbie devote much of their time to the club and its various projects. Shown here with Dave and Debbie are Lt. Governor Janette Mills and Governor Alan Guire.
President Fox presents Check to Granite Hills HIgh Choir
Each year we support the choir program at our Granite Hills High School with a donation to their program. We have been doing this for many years and enjoy watching the progress of these high schoolers as they return twice a year to sing for us. Shown here is their director, Janessa Nadaue with president Greg Fox.
Alpine Kiwanis At Work
Club members gather to load a huge trailer full of supplies for two of our biggest fundraisers: the Alpine Challenge Bike Ride April 25th which raises money for our Alpine Challenge Scholarships and Rady Children's Hospital, and our 25th Annual Vintage Alpine event on Sunday, May 3rd, which raises money to support charitable projects within the Alpine community and beyond, with special emphasis on serving our youth.
Riders Overcome Bad Weather for Alpine Challenge
Visit www.granfondo.com for a comprehensive article written by Alpine Kiwanis member and journalist Diana Saenger.
Memories linger after "Remembering Our Fallen"
By Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
Those who came to the “Remembering Our Fallen” Memorial Photo Exhibit of California military men and women who died in the war on terror will likely remember the display.
The mostly young faces of the 710 men and women pictured brought tears to the eyes of many visitors between Feb. 23 and March 7 at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd.
Some of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan once lived in the Alpine area.
“It’s emotionally draining to see the pictures of the veterans,” said resident Joan Waterworth. “These are all young men and women. They’re our babies.”
Every year we select outstanding officers in our community to honor for their dedication to making our town a safe place to live. Shown here are The honorees and their commanders: Deputy Patrol Agent in charge of the El Cajon Station, Richard A. Gordon who presented an award to Agent Michael Sablan, award recipient Deputy Wesley Manning with Sergeant Chris Cross, Alpine Sheriff’s Station, recipient CHP Officer Paul Anzalone with Sergeant Damion Budwine, California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Station.
Legion of Honor Awarded to Mark Grant
Saturday, March 28th President Greg Fox surpised member Mark Grant with the Legion of Honor Award. Mark was our scheduled speaker for the meeting. The Legion of Honor Awardrecognizes individuals with 25 or more years of service to Kiwanis and their communities.
CECO Support for Neighborhood for Kids
The Alpine Kiwanis Foundation recently received a grant of $1,050 from the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization (CECO) for use in our Neighborhood for Kids program. The goal of this program is to keep every abused and neglected child in need of protection in a familiar neighborhood and/or with relatives, avoiding placement in foster homes or the Polinsky Center.
Grant funds are used to alleviate the financial burden to the receiving family that could be a barrier to placement by providing such items as car seats, bedding, cribs or beds, clothing, hygiene items and pool fencing. This program has allowed approximately 65% of all East County children in care to be placed...
Saturday, March 14th was our annual speech contest for the Joan McQueen 8th Graders. The school requires every 8th grader to write and deliver a 3 to 4 minute speech. Our club sponsors the contest and finalist are selected to compete at our meeting. Pictured here are the finalist from left to right: Miles Silva, Dane Tharp, Seth Warton, Sydney Wright, Madyson Grosset, Kelsey Hurley, and the winner, Sarah Longbrake.
Alpine Kiwanis Cook Shack Helps Alpine Little League
Saturday, March 7th was the opening ceremonies for the Alpine Little League. The Alpine Kiwanis Club's Cook Shack was there serving pancake breakfasts to help raise money for the little league. Helping kids and the community, that is what we do!
Dave Kebert is Kiwanian of the Month for January
At the Saturday, March 14th meeting President Greg Fox presented Dave Kebert with his Kiwanian of the Month Award for the month of January. Kerbert is one of our most active and involved members.
Alpine Kiwanis is Honored for Patriotism!
President Greg Fox was proud to accept the Patriotism Award from Immediate Past District Governor Rae Whitby-Brummer at the recent MidYear South Conference. We earned the award through our efforts with the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor, placing flags on the boulevard at each national holiday and working with the local schools to ensure that the students fully understand our freedoms and how they were earned by our forefathers.
Robert (Cita) Welch of Viejas Presents Club with Check
Robert (Cita) Welch of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians presented President Greg Fox with a generous donation for our Pancake Breakfast and Vintage Alpine events. These event are fund raisers that provide our club with the service funds to help support the youth activities in our community.
Shirley Green Named Kiwanian of the Month for December 2014
President Greg Fox named Shirley Green as December Kiwanian of the month, Shirley was the chairperson for our "Bell Ringing" for the Salvation Army. We raised almost $2,600 and did 130 hours of volunteer work this year for this project.
Youth Olympics Lots of Fun for All
We held our annual Youth Olympics at Alpine Elementary School in January. This fun event is open to all elementary school age children. They compete in numerous athletic events winning medals for their best efforts. There is a Magic show for them to enjoy before the awards presentation. Kiwanian Corinne Lewis, the chairperson for this event always does a great job of getting it organized and getting the club members involved as well as the children of our community.
President Greg Fox Surprises Louise Phipps
President Greg Fox surprised member Lousie Phipps with the Key Club Advisor pin and the additional pin tab for the Kiwanian of the year for 2013-2014.
Pot Luck Breakfast Nov. 27th
The Alpine Kiwanis Club's Saturday after Thanksgiving featured a Pot Luck breakfast with an omelet bar provided by our own masterchefs; Kenny Schuttenhelm, Carl Berry, Ray Meanor and Doug Benson. All members were given the opprotunity to share what they are thankful for and the Alpine Sheriffs department spoke about holiday safety.
Our club has been growing
The Alpine Kiwanis Club recently added three new members. Left is Denise Goulart our newest member. Center is new member Doug Williams shown with members Doug Benson and Dave Kebert. Right is new member Bruce Cochrane shown with member Debbie Jackson and President Greg Fox.
Jack Fuller Receives Dunlap Award
Jack Fuller was awarded the William A. Dunlap Fellowship Award for his volunteer work with Rady's Childrens Hospital.
Open House at the Alpine Fire Station
The Alpine Kiwanis Club participated in the Alpine Fire Station Open House Saturday Oct.11. Club members helped with finger printing children for the Kid's ID program and other members cooked and served lunch for the visitors. Shown here left to right back row are Shirley Gree, Peggy Meanor, Joe Agosta & president Greg Fox. Front row Jacob and Faith.
Louise Phipps Named Kiwanian of the Year
Past President Brent Wolf named Louise Phipps Kiwanian of the Year at the Sept. 27 Club installation. Louise was recognized for her work with the Granite Hills Key Club and for helping to establish the scholarship fund for that Key club. She was also recognized for her participation in the "Fun Flicks" fund raise that will help fund the Key Club Scholarship.
District Convention in San Diego
The Cal-Nev-Ha District Convention at the Town and Country in San Diego was well attended by our members. Show here are few of us who enjoyed the Awards Luncheon on Friday.
Kiwanians of the Month for June 2015
Collin Campbell and Steve Taylor were named Kiwanians of the Month for June 2015. Both members gave many hours of service to the Kiwanis One Day project and were also instrumental in the sucess of the "Fun Flicks for Scholars" movie night fund raiser. The Event raised over $2,000 to be given out as scholarships to Key club members this next school year. Also pictured here is our 2013 - 2014 President Brent Wolf.
Kiwanians of the Month for April
Ed Paul and Dick Brown were awarded the Kiwanians of the Month for April for their work on the Alpine Challenge Bike Ride.
Key Clubers Honored
Valerie Bruce from Senator Joel Anderson office presented awards to for of our Key Club members in eeconition of their participation in the MS Walk that took place on April 26 at Liberty Station. The students were Olivia Mercado, Rylee Hickman, Kiara Warner and Joelle Sawsya. Awards were also presented club members President Brent Wolf, Al Martinez, Rudy Martinez, Dick Rabell and Shirley Green.
Vintage Alpine 2014
Sunday, May 4th, 2014 we held our 24th annual Vintage Alpine, wine and food tasting event. The 500+ attendees enjoyed 24 wineries, 20 restaurants and two breweries offering delightful tastes of their wares. Guitarist, Jim Earp provided the musical backdrop to this pleasant afternoon that took place at the beautiful Summer Past Farms. Pictured here, serving wine, are Past President Dave Truax and Board of Directors member Pam Price.
Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast
Our Easter Pancake Breakfast
Every Easter for more than 50 years, the club prepares and serves breakfast Easter morning. Proceeds support local service projects benefiting the community of Alpine. Charles (pictured here with the Easter Bunny) and Kathleen Nelson are the chairmen for this years event.
New Member Matt Ramsey
Matt Ramsey was inducted as our newest member Saturday, April 19th.
A little about Matt: Matt has been married for 3 years to Jenny and has a 2 yr old son, Daniel. He works full time at William A. Steen & Associates (civil engineering-surveying-land planning) in La Mesa as an AutoCAD draftsman since 2006. He is also a full time pre-dental student at SDSU studying Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in American Indian Studies. An 8 year resident of Alpine, Matt says, " I was interested in volunteering in my community and looked up clubs in the area and found the Kiwanis, so I emailed for more information. I had seen Kiwanis in the parades here in Alpine, plus the emblem...
Barbra Louis named Kiwanian of the month for February 2014
President Brent Wolf awarded with the Kiwanian of the month for February to Barbra Louis in recognition of all her volunteer work and dedication to the community and our club.
Past Lt. Gov. Richard Higgins inducts new member Peggy Meanor
New member Peggy Meanor joined us. Her husband Ray Meanor has been a member for some time. Peggy is recently retired from the US Postal Service. Welcome Peggy!
Two new members inducted
Our club grew again by two new members, Joe Feeney and Bob Soto. Welcome the Alpine Kiwanis Club.
Diana Saenger named January Kiwanian of the Month
Diana Saenger was awarded the Kiwanian of the Month award by President Brent Wolf for her outstanding work with the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor.
Bob Guthrie awarded Certificate of Appreciation
President Brent Wolf presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Guthrie, an honorary member of the Alpine Kiwanis Club since 1991, for all his work and dedication to the Community.
Senator Joel Anderson presents awards
Senator Joel Anderson, a member of the Alpine Kiwanis Club, awarded special recognition to Charles Nelson, Steve Green, Shirley Green, Jan Herold, Bill Burton, Jim Mann and Dave Kebert for their particpation in the highway clean up.
Shirley Green Recognized for Organizing Bell Ringing
Club Member Shirley Green was presented with an award from the Salvation Army for her efforts in coordinating the bell ringing at the local Albertsons store.
December 2013 Kiwanian of the Month
Joe Agosta is the Kiwanian of the month for December 2013
President Brent Wolf awarded with the Kiwanian of the month for December 2013 to Joe Acosta for all his volunteer work and dedication to the community and our club.
International President Gunter Gasser visits San Diego
January 4, 2014 the Kiwainis International President visited San Diego at a luncheon held at the San Diego Food Bank. The Alpine Kiwanis Cook Shack provided lunch for about 120 at the luncheon. Shown here are Carol Lewis (Club Newsletter Editor), Al Martinez (Board Member), Gunter Gasser (International President) and Pene Manale (Cook Shack Chairperson & Board Member).
Bob and Charles Howell named Kiwanians of the Month
President Brent Wolf (on right) presented the brothers Charles (on left) and Bob (in middle) Howell with the Kiwanian of the Month Award for November 2013 for all the things they do for the Alpine Kiwanis Club and the Community of Alpine. Both brothers can be seen helping out at almost any event that happens in the Alpine Community.
Louise Phipps is Kiwanian of Month for October
Louise Phipps was our Kiwanian of the Month for October. President Brent Wolf recognized Louise for her service as our liaison with the Key Club at Granite Hills High School. Her experience working with kids as a principal makes her the perfect person to represent our club. Thank you, Louise.
Carol Lewis Honored with Bert Shoemaker Award
Carol Lewis was honored at the recent Cal-Nev-Ha District Convention with the Bert Shoemaker Award, one the most prestigious awards offered by the Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation.
This award was established by the Golden Gate/Pacific Club in memory of an exceptional member. It is a competitive award presented annually at the District Convention to a Kiwanian who has best exemplified the spirit of Kiwanis. The Alpine Kiwanis is very proud to have such an exceptional member serving with us.
Her name will also be added to the perpetual Bert Shoemaker trophy, kept on display in the District office.
Alpine Kiwanis Highlighted in Kiwanis International Magazine!
The Kiwanis Club of Alpine is prominently featured in the August issue of the Kiwanis International Magazine as "A Kiwanis Kind of Town - A Small California Community with a Big Kiwanis Heart". President Jim Cate and Alpine Challenge co-chair Dick Brown were both featured in the article.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Border Patrol Agent David Madero and Patrick Farber with the Sheriff's Dept. were honored at our recent Law Enforcement Appreciation Day for their exemplary service to the community. CHP Officer John K Holm was also honored but not able to be present.
3 Alpine Challenge Scholarships go to GHHS Seniors
Dick Brown, Corinne Lewis, Pam Price and Jim Mann recently attended the annual Senior Awards Evening at Granite Hills. Kiwanis Alpine Challenge scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each were awarded to Ashley Hendrix, Sierra Dickman and Logan Ventimiglia. At the beginning of their Senior year they were also given a laptop computer to aid them in their college applications and senior year. The evening was fabulous and very gratifying as many of the award winners during the evening were Alpine Kids.
Memorial Day at the Wall of Honor
Approximately 600 people filled the Alpine Community Center Park on Memorial Day to visit the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor and enjoy a community celebration honoring our many heroes on the Wall. Several of our veterans shared their stories with the audience, and local groups sang patriotic songs while participants enjoyed an All American meal of hamburgers and hot dogs.
Vintage Alpine Raises $25,000 for Local Children
More than 750 people attended the 23nd Annual Vintage Alpine fundraiser held May 5 at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, California.
The Kiwanis Club of Alpine Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and all proceeds from this amazing annual wine, beer and food tasting event will be used to provide services and programs for children in the San Diego area.
"Vintage Alpine is a wonderful event, and our success comes from the club members working alongside great wineries, breweries and restaurants - all are upstanding community partners," said event Chairman Art Armagost. "We are thrilled to host events like this, and all the money raised supports children in the community."
Eight students from Joan MacQueen Middle School recently competed in our annual Speech contest. All did an outstanding job! This year's winner was Dominic Garza, third student from the left, who spoke on Censorship.
Pooch in the Park Family Picnic
The Division enjoyed a fun administrative fundraiser for Lt. Governor Glenna Bloemen on Sunday, April 14th.
Members were asked to bring their dogs, real or stuffed, or dress up like a dog to participate in a variety of contests such as Dog Who Looks Most Like Its Owner, etc. They were then treated to a Hot Dog Meal Deal.
A good time was had by all.
Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast a Success!
Adults and children are treated to a delicious breakfast on Easter Sunday prepared and served by members of the Alpine Kiwanis. Children enjoy decorating Easter eggs and cookies, as well as hunting for eggs outside. The Easter Bunny is always on hand to greet everyone and pose for pictures.
Despite gloomy skies, approximately 100 special athletes and 250 volunteers participated in an invitational sports meet featuring metered races, shot put, wheelchair races and more. This event is hosted and planned by the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 31 under the leadership of Chairman Gary Montoya.
Pictured are members of the Granite Hills High School Key Club who arrived early to distribute event T-shirts. This Key Club is sponsored by the Alpine Kiwanis.
Long Time Member Bob Wilson Honored
On February 9, the Exhalted Ruler of Elk’s Lodge #1812 in El Cajon made a presentation to long time resident of Alpine, Bob Wilson. Please see Events - Photos for pictures of the presentation.
Bob Wilson, who is now residing at The Alpine View Lodge, is a Charter Member of the Elk’s Lodge in El Cajon having joined the Lodge in 1950. Bob was assigned member number 36. Present membership of the Lodge is 1713, according to Exhalted Ruler Ron Harden.
E.R. Ron Harden, accompanied by Staff Photographer, Steve Roberts presented Bob Wilson with following described plaque: Bob Wilson, Charter member # 36 ...
Region One Trustee Dan Rodgers will once again be working with our sponsored youth to prepare them for an enjoyable experience of helping special athletes compete in the Kiwanis Invitational Sports Meet March 9th. See Events for more information.
ALPS Awards Honor Many Kiwanians
Many special Kiwanians were recognized for their public service and leadership at the recent ALPS award ceremony held at Sycuan on January 30th.
Alpine Kiwanian Jeffrey Carlos served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Past Lieutenant Governor Dudley Mills was recognized as Mountain Empire's Citizen of the Year.
George and Pat Wood of Village Carpet's received the Chairman's Award for decades of community service.
Charlie Brown of Viejas accepted the Chairman's Circle Recognition Award honoring the tribe's sponsorship of community activities.
Alpine Special Recognition Awards went to Dave Truax, Carol Lewis, Barbra Louis, Diana Saenger, and Chris Newcomb.
Curly Collier Added to Alpine Memorial
Alpine Kiwanians gathered to add Curly Collier's name to the monument at the Alpine Woman's Club which honors distinguished members of the club who have passed away. Curly's name is the 26th one added to this monument.
Club members shared their special memories of Curly and his extraordinary contributions to club and community, and Katie Quartuccio, representing Senator Joel Anderson's office, presented Curly's son, Tommy, with a memorial resolution prepared by the Senator's office.
Memorial Chair Richard Rabell planned the event and served as the MC.
Annual Youth Olympics a Favorite
The Alpine Kiwanis Club was pleased to host another successful Youth Olympics event. The event has been running so long that some of our contestants are children of previous contestants who still have the medals they won!
The youth, from ages 4 to 13, compete in a variety of athletic activities guided by Kiwanis members. These include basketball dribble, metered races, softball throw, pull ups, chin ups, long jump and more, and medals are awarded for those with the best scores.
While waiting for the final results, the children and their families enjoy burgers and hot dogs prepared by our famous Cook Shack crew, music by DJ Rod Galloway, and the performance by a local magician...
Kiwanis Int'l President Tom DeJulio Visits Alpine Kiwanis
Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio and his wife Rosemary requested a visit with the Kiwanis Club of Alpine on their recent West Coast tour. Over 120 Kiwanis members from our club, and neighboring clubs in Division 31 and 11 were in attendance.
Past Lt. Governor Richard Higgins and Past President Joe Brunold treated the guests to a rousing fine session in the usual Alpine style. This was followed by President DeJulio's address and update on the highlights of recent developments at Kiwanis International.
Following the meeting, guests were invited to a special ceremony at the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor, a multi-year project of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine in collaboration with...
Richard Rabell named Kiwanian of the Month
Richard Rabell was named Kiwanian of the Month for December 2012. Richard chairs the Sickness and Distress Committee, Memorials, Car Donations and the MS Walk, and is very involved with contributions to the Ronald McDonald House.
Carol Lewis Receives Distinguished Service Award
Carol Lewis joined the Kiwanis Club of Alpine in 2007 and from the start has spearheaded various projects. This is understandable since she cut her teeth as a Girl Scout volunteer, and does so much as an employee of Mountain Health & Community Services, a health organization that provides services to East County rural families.
But even Carol's busy schedule has not stopped her from enthusiastically participating in and leading a great many Kiwanis community service projects.
Highlights from her five short years as an Alpine Kiwanian:
took over as editor and publisher of the club's weekly newsletter, which was named Best District Newsletter for 2011-12
Don Parker Receives Distinguished Service Award
At the Governor's Visit on December 8th, Don Parker was honored with a Distinguished Service Award, one of the club's highest honors.
Don is always ready to help at a moment's notice. He is the Facilities leader for many major club events such as the Alpine Chili Cook-off, the Kiwanis Invitational Sports Meet for special athletes, and Vintage Alpine.
He has served as the Club Safety Officer for many years, and obtains the needed insurance for most of our events.
He has served many years on the Alpine Kiwanis Board of Directors, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alpine Girls Softball League.
He is in charge of the Kiwanis storage areas, keeping them organized and clean so we...
Vintage Alpine Chair Art Armagost and wife Lynette organize visits to the restaurants that support our Vintage Alpine event. President Jim Cate and his wife Vicky enjoy the evening. See Events - Photo Album for more photos of their recent visit to Gingham in La Mesa.
MMQ Golf Tournament a Great Success!
Alpine Kiwanis member Mark Grant congratulates winners of Curly Collier MMQ Golf Tournament. Mark always conducts the sports memorabilia auction which concludes the event, held to raise money for Rady Children's Hospital.
Children's ID Program In Demand Every Year
Alpine Kiwanis members conducting Children's ID program as part of the Alpine Fire Dept's Open House. Children are photographed, fingerprinted and scanned for parents in case their child ever turns up missing.
Alpine Kiwanis Honored by CalTrans
CalTrans honored the Alpine Kiwanis for more years of volunteer service to the Highway Cleanup program than any other organization - 22 years! President Dave Truax and Highway Cleanup Chairman Dave Kebert accepted the award on behalf of the club.
Welcome Back Luncheon for Teachers
Teachers returning to school for the 2012-13 school year at Joan MacQueen Middle School were welcomed back with a special luncheon prepared and served by members of the Alpine Kiwanis.
Boy Scout Troop 105 Recognizes 60 Years
Boy Scout Troop 105 presented Alpine Kiwanis President Dave Truax with a 60 Year Charter Certificate, recognizing the 60 years the Alpine Club has sponsored the troop.
First Place Club Newsletter Award
At the 2012 CalNevHa District Convention, we received First Place in the Club Newsletter competition. Editor Carol Lewis is shown with President Dave Truax.
First Place Club and Division Websites
At the recent CalNevHa District Convention, the Alpine Club received the First Place Club Website Award.
In addition, our Division 31 website received the First Place Division Website Award, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Richard Higgins with Debbie Jackson as webmaster of both sites.
Debbie and Bob Jackson are shown here at the Convention with Alpine President and Secretary Dave and Janet Truax.
KI President's Visit Benefits SD Food Bank
In honor of Kiwanis International President Alan Penn's visit to San Diego, Kiwanians from 4 area Divisions known collectively as Division 100 contributed 3,089 pounds of food to the San Diego Food Bank, with the Alpine club contributing 575 pounds.
Members attending are pictured here with KI President Alan Penn.
President's Award to Summers Past Farms
President Dave Truax and Art Armagost presented Marshall and Sheryl Lozier of Summers Past Farms with a President’s Award plaque for all they do for the Kiwanis Club of Alpine. They have hosted our annual Vintage Alpine and Alpine Challenge Bike event for several years.
Curly Collier Honored at Wall of Honor
A special ceremony was held at the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor for Curly Collier, who has been a member of the Alpine Kiwanis for 46 years and who was instrumental in the club's raising more than $800,000 for Rady Children's Hospital during his years in Kiwanis. For more photos, please click on Events, then Photo Album.
Alpine Patriotism for 4th of July
Alpine Kiwanians always play a major role in assisting with the annual 4th of July Parade. Members are shown here with their Flag Group.
Alpine Raises Over $1,300 for RMH
Ronald McDonald House Ambassador and Red Shoe Day Chair Kristen Gauss led the way to raising over $1,300 for RMH at our recent Red Shoe Day! See additional photos under Events - Photo Album
Curly Collier Award Presented
President Dave Truax presented the Alpine Kiwanis Perfect Attendance Award and the Curly Collier Award to deserving students at Joan MacQueen Middle School's 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony.
Granite Hills Choir Says Thank You!
Granite Hills Choir performs twice a year for our Club to thank us for our ongoing financial support.
iPod Touches for Alpine Elementary School
President Dave Truax presented Alpine Elementary School teacher Jenna Weinert and Principal Jon McEvoy with a $1500 check to cover 7 iPod Touches to help students with their reading and writing skills.
Girl Scouts Recognized
Tony Neff of the Back Country Messenger presented Girl Scout Troop 6401 with a Community Service Award for creating and planting a beautiful garden display at the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor for Memorial Day.
Scholarship Recipient Studying Veterinary Medicine
Danika Unsicker was presented with our Alpine Challenge Scholarship by President Elect Jim Cate at the recent Senior Awards night. Danika is studying to become a veterinarian.
Helping a Fellow Kiwanian
Twenty two Alpine Kiwanians gathered with rakes, shovels and chain saws Saturday morning to help fellow Kiwanian Kathy Foster whose health has prevented her from maintaining her property.
The Alpine Club is more than a service club - it is an extended family, and we love to go that extra mile to take care of another Kiwanian in need.
Wall of Honor Dedication Ceremony
Whenever new tiles are added to the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor, a special ceremony is held for their families and any members of the public who wish to attend to celebrate their addition to the Wall and honor their service.
A ceremony was held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 to honor 20 new veterans added to the Wall with approximately 100 people in attendance.
Chairman Dan Foster led the ceremony.
Alpine Challenge Draws Bikers from Out of State
Bikers participating in our recent Alpine Challenge mountain biking event enjoyed blue skies and perfect temperatures as the chose between a 25 mile Alpine ride, a 50 mile Descanso ride and a 62 mile Pine Valley ride.
Proceeds are split between our Alpine Challenge Scholarship fund and Rady Children's Hospital.
To see additional photos of the event, see Events - Photo Album.
27th Annual Miracle Mile of Quarters
Kiwanis Clubs participate in 27th Annual “Miracle Mile of Quarters” On May 5th, Saturday at Rady’s Childrens Hospital all of the Kiwanis Clubs in San Diego County sent their representatives to participate in The Annual Miracle Mile of Quarters known as MMQ.
The Event started at 8:00 a.m. and involves youngsters from Kiwanis Sponsored Youth Organizations, Key Clubs, Builders Cubs, Circle “K” Clubs, K-Kids and a newly created “Open Class” which includes youths from any organization which Kiwanis does not sponsor, such as Boys and Girls Clubs and Boy Scouts.
All of these organizations assembled at the front of Rady’s Childrens Hospital and were assigned spaces on an immense...
Since 2008 when Bob became an Alpine Kiwanian, he has been a great supporter of the club. Bob continuously comes to the club's rescue whenever they need any type of food donations or assists when the club needs a large volume of food. Bob facilities these donations through Albertson's where he is the manager for the Alpine store. Most recently, and again, thanks to Bob overseeing the donation, the club was able to provide bouquets of flowers for tables where Oscar Knight's family sat at Oscar's memorial service.
Bob was Alpine's Honorary Mayor in 2009. The election is based on the number of votes received, each vote costs $1 and all the money goes to the six schools in...
Even though Pat Wood has only been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine for several months, her community service goes way beyond that. Pat, over the years, has worked side by side with her husband, Vice President George Wood, at many club events. Even before becoming a club member, Pat would take home all the club's banners and sew the patches on the banners. Pat also made covers for the American flags that the clubs display throughout Alpine on holidays.
Pat's community service is not limited to Kiwanis - she has been a member of the Soroptimist of Alpine for over 20 years. She was elected Soroptimist of the Year in 2005 and while serving as president her many projects included...
Debbie Jackson Named Lt. Governor Elect
At the Division Council Meeting on May 3rd, Past President Debbie Jackson was voted in as Lieutenant Governor Elect of Division 31 for 2012-2013.
Alpine Past Presidents Share Club History
Past Presidents of the Alpine Kiwanis shared stories of their projects and highlights of club history with the members at a recent meeting.
Alpine Kiwanis Supports MS
Members gather to participate in the annual MS Walk, an event our Club has supported for many years.
Jim Cate Receives Kappan Unsung Hero Award
In recognition of his many years of dedicated community service, President Elect Jim Cate was honored with the Kappan Unsung Hero Award at a ceremony in San Diego.
The award was presented by past Lt. Governor Hartha Jackson, who had this to say about Jim, "Jim Cate is known as the 'go to guy' if you want to get something done or a grant approved. No matter what event he is involved with, he is the one who takes on the toughest task and makes it happen. His leadership and ability to provide forward movement for his organization is well known."
Jim's many accomplishments include founding the Alpine Kiwanis Chili Cook-off, leading the East County Special Olympics track meet as well as...
Three exceptional officers from the Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol and the Alpine Sheriff's Station were honored at our annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. From left to right, Border Patrol Agent George Georgiou, CHP Officer Jonas Williams, Deputy Sheriff John Greene.
Foundation Receives Grant for Neighborhoods for Kids Program
On March 22nd, the San Diego County Employee’s Charitable Organization (CECO) held their Annual Awards Breakfast. CECO is the charitable arm of the county employees providing grant funding to local non-profit groups throughout San Diego County.
The Kiwanis Club of Alpine Foundation was among the organizations to receive a grant this year. The grant of $1,050 is to purchase car seats, school supplies, personal hygiene and/or cribs for the East County Neighborhoods for Kids. The Foundation has partnered with this San Diego County organization for the past 5 years in providing emergency assistance to child caregivers.
Annual JMMS 8th Grade Speech Contest
Eight talented 8th grade students from Joan MacQueen Middle School spoke eloquently on a variety of topics in our annual Speech Contest. The winner was Thomas Day (on the right), who spoke on the value of physical education in school.
Helping Special Athletes Enjoy Success!
Alpine Kiwanians always have fun setting up tents and running track events for the Kiwanis Invitational Sports Meet allowing athletes with special needs to compete athletically in a supported environment.
Members Serve Dinner at Ronald McDonald House
Several Alpine Kiwanians spent a heartwarming evening serving dinner at Ronald McDonald House families, helping them to stay close to their sick and injured children receiving care at Rady Children's Hospital.
Alpine Kiwanians Help at Community Fair
Alpine Kiwanians help out at Albertson's Community Fair serving their famous cook shack cuisine to hungry participants.
Remembering USO on Valentine's
Several members of the Alpine Kiwanis traveled to downtown San Diego on Valentine's Day to serve our military and their families a beautiful meal courtesy of Viejas Enterprises.
President Greg Fox surpised Louise Phipps with the Key Club Advisor pin and the added the Kiwanian of the year pin tab from the 2013 -14.